Here is yet another news story about the sea bass and other bag limits.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 255 of 422
Things are kinda slow around the southern end of Brunswick County. It's just been too cold to get outside and do much and with the wind, too windy to get off shore. Even if you could there's not much action. In shore, the trout are closed down and a few red drum are being caught.
The real action is in the Division of Marine Fisheries meeting today. They are talking about catch limits on several species of fish. Hopefully we'll have an update on what went on. On the home front, work continues on the Ocean Isle boat ramp. Below are a few pictures I took yesterday.
I don't know about ya'll, be we are ready for some warm weather and a completed boat ramp!
You have to love it when a plan comes together. As I sit here pecking on my computer in Ocean Isle Beach, I'm watching a mixture of snow and ice fall outside my window. It's been a brutal winter to say the least around here and for most of the country. While the cold temperatures, windy conditions and overall crappy weather has been miserable, it sure is making our escape to the lower latitudes that more gratifying. For those who follow these reports and are unable to join us on this trip I am truly sorry for the pain I will likely cause with my web reports over the next couple weeks. In exactly one week from tomorrow, myself and a team of 15 fishermen and fisherwomen with some connection to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center family will be headed off to the wild blue yonder bound for the next frontier of big game fishing. At the very least I think most of us will be satisfied if we find some warmer temperatures!
This report is meant to be a "pre-game" countdown to get the fishing report followers up to date on the Galapagos adventure. Like I have done in the past with our Traveling Fishermen excursions, I will be putting together a day by day account of the trip complete with a detailed report and pictures. It is my understanding that while the Galapagos may be at the end of the earth, I will have Internet access so I hope to give a daily update with our findings.
Members of our team will begin departing for South America this coming Friday and everyone will be in the capital city of Ecuador, Guayaquill by Sunday evening January 30th. The following morning we will board a commuter plane for a 600 mile journey to the small island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos. Over the next 5 days we will snorkel, scuba dive, big game fish, and explore the most pristine and natural environment left in the world before returning to Guayaquill and then back to the US on Sunday February 6th. I know I can speak for the group and say we are all extraordinarly excited to get this show on the road and all have very high expectations for a monumentous expedition. For this trip we are armed with our most advance array of media capabilities so we plan to share as much as we can of our experience with the audience.
At this time I am going to introduce our team of Traveling Fishermen that will be starring in the fishing reports over the next couple weeks as we explore the world of the Galapagos Islands. Hopefully a little character familiarity will help the audience follow the stories.
There you have it, a hodpodge of fishermen and fisherwomen with different background but a commonality of a love for fishing set to strike out on adventure. Expect reports to begin a week from tomorrow assuming technology allows.
We have set up a new OIFC channel on Youtube. This channel will show all OIFC videos from the past and many new ones to come in the future. We are geared up with new camera equipment and plans to be able to update this channel very regularly.
Subscribe to the channel by clicking this link http://www.youtube.com/user/oifc1?feature=mhum . Once you subscribe, you will automatically be notified of new videos so you can keep up with our exploits.
Also, a few months ago we purged our mass email list which we use to email fishing reports, sales and other OIFC happenings. If you have not been getting these emails, please resubscribe by clicking this link - http://www.oifc.com/join_email.cfm
We are working to get the store set up and cleaned and restocked for 2011. Also the travelling fisherman trip is coming up soon, and we are looking forward to that.
Also, I have scheduled the annual Spring Kickoff for Saturday, March 26th. This is a great forum to sell your used tackle, attend FREE seminars hosted by OIFC staff and guests, line spooling CHEAP and this year- BIG TACKLE SAVINGS on clearance items from the OIFC.
Work hard now. It won't be long before we all will get to play harder. Stay tuned.
Amber Simmons, Daniel Simmons, Brian Freeman and some others trekked to the Oregon Inlet for some striped bass fishing. The recreational limit is 2 fish person, while the commercial limit was 100 per boat for this weekend. Amber and crew were shocked at the way trawlers, pulling nets, cut right through the sport fishers. The trawlers were catching and culling fish by the 100's. Any fish under 40# was thrown overboard either dead or dying..they said the trawlers were decimating the striped bass population.
Daniel sent a YouTube link to back up what he was saying. Also if you look closely at the 1st picture you'll see a trawler pulling right through the center condoles.
Captains Brant, Steele, Jacob and I attended the Henry's Outdoors Products Show in Raleigh, N.C. There are several new products on the market and the OIFC will be one of "the 1st on the block" to have them.
****The OIB boat ramp is completely close...signs blocking the ramp. We'll keep you informed.
I was just advised the OIB Boat Ramp is closed. The ramp is blocked with signs. The company has 60 days from 1-3-11 to complete their work..I will post more as I get it.
Several of us will be in Raleigh at a fishing products show Friday 1-14-11. The OIFC will be open as usual.
Not on FaceBook ? You may want to join. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center has a page. Also this Saturday there will be a live Q&A sponsored by Sta-bil on the effects of Ethanol on your fuel system. We carry Sta-bil products at the OIFC if you need them.
Also, the staff of the OIFC will be attending a fishing products show this Friday.. We hope to bring back some exciting new products.
There is absolutely nothing to report on except ICE. That says it all! Brant and Steele have been busy rearranging the tackle area of the OIFC, I've been working on finalizing Rodeo stuff and getting the fuel reports (for gas tax) ready to be mailed out.
I gave Jeff and myself a Dubro Wire Twist Tool which makes twisting haywire twists quick, easy and perfect. You can special order one through the OIFC. Jeff has tied enough rigs to last us most of the season.
Below are a couple of pictures I took Sunday of progress at the OIB boat ramp parking lot.
The following anglers can pick up their Fishing Rodeo Trophy(s) at the OIFC. Take this opportunity to sign up for the 2011 Rodeo, or call, drop by or sign up at the Spring Sale in March. Congrtulations to the winners! I hope everyone enjoyed the Rodeo and likes the trophies!
The prize money should be mailed out this week.